Vajrasattva Primordial Buddha
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ABS 098

 Code: ABS 098

  Country: India (north-west)

  Style: Spiti / Lahaul Region

  Date: 1000 - 1050

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 6.8 x 15.9 x 4.6

  Materials: Brass

Primordial Buddha Vajrasattva 

Primordial Buddha Vajrasattva (tib. Dorje Sempa) is seated in the diamond attitude (vajraparyankasana) on a lotus throne resting upon a square pedestal. 

With his right hand he holds a five-pronged diamond sceptre (vajra) at heart level, and he rings a prayer-bell (ghanta) with the left hand. The vajra symbolizes the male principle of compassion, and the ghanta the female principle of wisdom. Together, they represent the “skillful means” on the path to enlightenment
Vajrasattva is clad with a cloth (dhoti) tied around his waist with a beaded belt. The ends of a ribbon-like scarf are swirling upwards to his sides. He is adorned with a three-pointed crown in front of the matted knot of hair (jatamukuta), a pair of circular earrings, a necklace, and bracelets on upper arms and wrists. His body is encircled by a broad aureole (prabhamandala), and his head set off against a second, pointed aureole.